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Fort William Golf Club

Fort William, Highlands, Scotland

Fort William Golf Club, established in 1976, is an 18 hole course nestled between the mountains and the sea, on the north side of Fort William and at the base of Ben Nevis (Britainís highest mountain).

The Course measures 6217 yards off the white tees, 5464 yards off the yellow tees and 4850 yards off the Ladies tees.

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Fort William Golf Club, Established In 1976, Is An 18 Hole Course Nestled Between The Mountains And The Sea, On The North Side Of Fort William And At The Base Of Ben Nevis (Britainís Highest Mountain).

The Course Measures 6217 Yards Off The White Tees, 5464 Yards Off The Yellow Tees And 4850 Yards Off The Ladies Tees.

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Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SN, Highlands


01397 704464

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18 Holes Of Golf With Some Stunning Views

Iíll be honest, I didnít really know what to expect when I would visit Fort William Golf Club, it was a spontaneous choice of course to play. It sounds like a bit of a stuffy place, but actually to my surprise it was a down to earth working menís club with friendly members, in fact despite being over 3 hours away from my home course, I was surprised to instantly meet a gentleman who worked at the airport just 10 minutes from my home club, small world!

On entry Fort William Golf Club has a good size car park, low vehicles not a problem as there was no hideous speed ramps and the clubhouse was a good size, although basic in style and dťcor, but as we all know itís the members that make a clubhouse inviting or not, the guys there were friendly.

Purchasing my ticket from the bar, just £20 for 18 holes, I was set for my round walking for 5 minutes from the clubhouse to the first tee under the railway via a small tunnel.

As soon as you reach the first tee the views to the mountain top of Ben Nevis, Scotlandís tallest mountain, are stunning, particularly when I played as the snow was still thick on the cap of the mountain which would I suspect normally be clear during peak summer.

Bearing in mind it was early April and not only had Scotland seen a harsh winter, it was during a significant dry spell where the courses were very dry and without rain for a considerable number of weeks and still being subject to harsh frost in the mornings, not a great combination so I would do best to return in summer.

The course layout is reasonably standard, despite stunning views from several of the holes it was quite a featureless course. Some of the fairways were quite tight with trouble at critical points of your game such as the ditch at around 230 yards on the first hole, at just 287 yards a big hitter could make the green without too much carry.

The greens, even despite the dry spell seemed to be ok, they were smooth enough and the ball rolled quite well and true, again most of the greens seemed a standardised shape, with a few larger and misshapen greens for variety.

There were several cosy par threes nestled in the woodland with running burn to the front and sides, these were our favourite holes, and a latter hole with an elevated green, undulating links style fairway and an absolutely stunning loch and landscape beyond.

I did find some of the holes quite featureless and a bit of a trudge despite the course clearly designed to alternate in shaping shots with most holes featuring a gradual curve either left or right Ė this isnít a bad thing and if you like gently shaping shots you might quite like the course. Whilst the course seemed particularly long at points (not in yardage but in actual walking distance) length wise is just about standard for an 18 course.

The beauty of Scottish Highland golf isnít the condition of the courses, many are designed and built on heathland rich in tough heathers, and delivered as parkland style courses which really do not work as well like natural links courses, but the views. Many of the courses, Fort William included, are on a slightly sloping hillside or in a coastal or loch side location which are perfect for a good walk, good conversation, a reasonable round of golf, and great for photographs or being inspired by the surrounding landscapes Ė this is really what Scottish Golf was designed for.

Overall Score: 6.9 / 10

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